MCE a not-for-profit, public electricity provider in California just signed a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Renewable Energy for 150 megawatts of its Desert Harvest Solar Project underway in southern California. Once completed the project will add more electric generation to MCE’s portfolio of renewable energy choice for its customers in Marin and Napa counties and a number of California cities.
MCE offers its roughly 255,000 customers the ability to choose how much of their electricity comes from renewables like wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal and more. Customers can elect to have 50 percent to 100 percent of their electricity come from renewables at competitive rates, according to MCE. It’s kind of like joining a giant community renewable energy farm for energy, but without having to make additional up-front purchases.
“We’re grateful to EDF RE not only for investing in clean, renewable solar energy, but for partnering with us to grow California’s economy through in-state job creation,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “By turning to sources like solar instead of fossil fuels, together we build a clean and secure energy future for California.”
EDF has installed 8 gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The newest project, Desert Harvest, is located on approximately 1,200 acres in the largest Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) in the US. Such lands are managed by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The project in Riverside County will utilize solar panels on horizontal single-axis trackers, allowing it to meet the electric needs of up to 73,000 average California homes.
“EDF Renewable Energy is pleased to partner with MCE to supply affordable, in-state solar energy to its customers through the Desert Harvest Solar Project,” said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of Development at EDF Renewable Energy. “Desert Harvest represents our second collaboration with MCE, and we look forward to working with them to make the Project a success, providing a boost to the Riverside County economy in parallel through the creation of new jobs and property tax base.”Tweet